Tags: First Rides
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First Ride: 2024 Mondraker Dune eMTB - Punchy, Man First Ride: 2024 Mondraker Dune eMTB - Punchy, Maneuverable, & Light Enough
The 2024 Dune is a (relatively) lightweight Bosch SX powered eMTB with 165mm rear wheel travel
Mike Kazimer    Mar 19, 2024
First Ride: Atherton S170 - Long Travel & Lugg First Ride: Atherton S170 - Long Travel & Lugged Aluminum
The Atherton's latest creation is an all-aluminum mini-downhill machine.
Dario DiGiulio    Mar 12, 2024
First Ride: 2024 Specialized Epic EVO 8 First Ride: 2024 Specialized Epic EVO 8
The Epic EVO gets a longer travel fork and a burlier build kit compared to its more XC race oriented sibling.
Seb Stott    Feb 22, 2024
First Ride: 2024 Canyon Spectral CF - Evolution No First Ride: 2024 Canyon Spectral CF - Evolution Not Revolution
The Spectral is now a 140mm trail bike with in-frame storage, and a removable steering stabilizer.
Seb Stott    Feb 22, 2024
First Ride: Scott Voltage - The Electric Genius First Ride: Scott Voltage - The Electric Genius
The hidden shock leaves room for extra water bottle or battery carrying capacity.
Seb Stott    Feb 7, 2024
First Ride: Focus Vam² SL - Electric Downcountry? First Ride: Focus Vam² SL - Electric Downcountry?
Focus' latest e-machine weighs only 35.7 pounds with a 430 Wh battery.
Dario DiGiulio    Feb 6, 2024
First Ride: The 2024 Pivot Switchblade Gets Update First Ride: The 2024 Pivot Switchblade Gets Updated, Not Overhauled
The Switchblade receives geometry updates and a few frame refinements for 2024.
Mike Kazimer    Nov 9, 2023
First Ride: Raaw Madonna V3 - Better Than Ever First Ride: Raaw Madonna V3 - Better Than Ever
Version 3.0 receives numerous frame refinements, and is even more adjustable.
Dario DiGiulio    Nov 7, 2023
First Ride: 2024 Canyon Lux Trail First Ride: 2024 Canyon Lux Trail
With revised sizing, kinematic, and categorization, the Lux feels a bit more at home in its skin.
Dario DiGiulio    Oct 25, 2023
First Ride: 2024 YT Jeffsy - Now With Updated Geo First Ride: 2024 YT Jeffsy - Now With Updated Geo & In-Frame Storage
The new Jeffsy stays true to its trail bike roots, with 145mm of rear travel and 29" wheels.
Ralf Hauser    Oct 12, 2023
First Ride: Propain Ekano 2 CF First Ride: Propain Ekano 2 CF
Propain's newest carbon fiber eMTB has 170mm of travel and uses SRAM's new Powertrain motor.
Mike Kazimer    Oct 5, 2023
First Ride: Orbea Occam SL & LT First Ride: Orbea Occam SL & LT
There are now two Occams, one with 140mm of travel and a remote lockout, and the other with 150mm of travel.
Mike Kazimer    Oct 4, 2023
First Ride: Zipp's New 1Zero HiTop Carbon Wheels First Ride: Zipp's New 1Zero HiTop Carbon Wheels
Zipp's new wheels were created with compliance in mind, and are designed for bikes with 130mm of travel or less.
Seb Stott    Oct 2, 2023
First Ride: Nukeproof Megawatt Carbon With SRAM Po First Ride: Nukeproof Megawatt Carbon With SRAM Powertrain
The new Megawatt has 170mm of travel, a carbon frame, and SRAM's new motor.
Seb Stott    Sep 29, 2023
First Ride: Merida One-Twenty - A Mountain Bike fo First Ride: Merida One-Twenty - A Mountain Bike for Mountain Bikers
It's still called the One-Twenty, but this aluminum trail bike now has 130mm of travel front and rear.
Mike Kazimer    Sep 28, 2023
First Ride: SRAM's New Powertrain Motor First Ride: SRAM's New Powertrain Motor
SRAM enters the motor game with a Brose-powered system that delivers 90 Nm of torque and 680 Wh of peak power.
Seb Stott    Sep 22, 2023
First Ride: Merida One-Sixty FR First Ride: Merida One-Sixty FR
The FR is aimed at park rats and rental fleets, with mixed wheels, more travel and burlier components.
Dario DiGiulio    Sep 7, 2023
First Ride: 2024 Trek Slash First Ride: 2024 Trek Slash
The new Slash has 170mm of travel and a high pivot suspension design.
Matt Beer    Aug 18, 2023
First Ride: Wildwood Cycles Titanium Trail Bike First Ride: Wildwood Cycles Titanium Trail Bike
The Single Pivot V2 is designed and fabricated on Vancouver Island, BC.
Dario DiGiulio    Aug 17, 2023
First Ride: The New RockShox Vivid Ultimate Shock First Ride: The New RockShox Vivid Ultimate Shock
The Vivid returns to RockShox's lineup with a whole host of new features.
Troy Templin    Aug 10, 2023
First Ride: 2024 Trek Supercaliber G2 First Ride: 2024 Trek Supercaliber G2
The new Supercaliber sheds weight and gains additional travel.
Dario DiGiulio    Aug 8, 2023
First Ride: The New Vitus E-Mythique LT First Ride: The New Vitus E-Mythique LT
An eMTB that doesn't cost as much as a car? Preposterous.
Mike Kazimer    Aug 1, 2023
First Ride: Pivot Shuttle AM eMTB First Ride: Pivot Shuttle AM eMTB
The new Shuttle has 29" wheels, a Bosch motor, and 148mm of rear travel.
Matt Beer    Jul 29, 2023
First Ride: We Are One's Prototype Downhill Bike - First Ride: We Are One's Prototype Downhill Bike - Crankworx Whistler 2023
It’s not slated for production (yet), but Matt Beer couldn’t resist taking it for a spin.
Mike Kazimer    Jul 27, 2023
First Ride: 2024 RockShox SID Ultimate Fork First Ride: 2024 RockShox SID Ultimate Fork
Updates include new 3-position and 2-position dampers, a new Debonair+ air spring for the standard SID, and longer upper tubes to increase bushing overlap.
Mike Kazimer    Jun 27, 2023
First Ride: Ibis HD6 - Mixed Wheels & More Tra First Ride: Ibis HD6 - Mixed Wheels & More Travel
The new HD6 is the longest travel option in Ibis' lineup.
Ralf Hauser    Jun 19, 2023
First Ride: Pinion's E-Drive System - A New Motor First Ride: Pinion's E-Drive System - A New Motor With an Integrated Gearbox
Pinion is taking things to another level with an e-bike motor with integrated gearbox.
Dan Roberts    Jun 8, 2023
First Ride: Öhlins' New Cross-Country Suspension First Ride: Öhlins' New Cross-Country Suspension
Öhlins is ready for XC with the addition of a new fork and shock to their lineup.
Matt Beer    May 9, 2023
First Ride: Forbidden Druid V2 - High Pivot Evolut First Ride: Forbidden Druid V2 - High Pivot Evolution
Forbidden's 130mm trail bike has received a new suspension layout and updated geometry.
Dario DiGiulio    May 9, 2023
First Ride: Canyon's New Strive:On First Ride: Canyon's New Strive:On
Fabien Barel helped develop the new Strive:On, which has aggressive geometry and a focus on speed.
Mike Kazimer    May 4, 2023
First Ride: Specialized Turbo Levo SL - The Electr First Ride: Specialized Turbo Levo SL - The Electric Stumpjumper EVO
The Levo SL now has more power, more torque, and a wide range of geometry possibilities.
Outside Online    Apr 13, 2023
Spot's New Gravel Bike is Ready to Rallye Beta MTB logo Spot's New Gravel Bike is Ready to Rallye
The Rallye isn't quite a mountain bike with drop bars, but it's got clearance for big tires and good geo.
Mike Kazimer    Apr 12, 2023
Race Face Releases New Turbine Aluminum Wheels Wit Race Face Releases New Turbine Aluminum Wheels With a Lifetime Warranty
The updated Turbine wheels are less expensive than the previous version, and they're covered by a generous warranty.
Matt Beer    Apr 12, 2023
First Ride: Devinci's Chainsaw is a Canadian-Made First Ride: Devinci's Chainsaw is a Canadian-Made Park Ripper
The Chainsaw can be built up with a single or dual crown fork, with either 170 or 180mm of rear travel.
Matt Beer    Mar 22, 2023
First Ride: Rotwild's R.X275 Downcountry eMTB Flie First Ride: Rotwild's R.X275 Downcountry eMTB Flies Under the Radar
This sleek machine uses TQ's quiet HPR50 motor and a 250 Wh battery to get the weight down to just 34 pounds.
Mike Levy    Mar 21, 2023
First Ride: TRP's New 12-Speed Mechanical Drivetra First Ride: TRP's New 12-Speed Mechanical Drivetrain
It's a big day for drivetrains, even if you're not into batteries.
Henry Quinney    Mar 21, 2023
First Ride: 2023 Canyon Neuron First Ride: 2023 Canyon Neuron
Canyon's classic trail bike receives numerous frame and geometry updates.
Seb Stott    Mar 1, 2023
First Ride: 2023 Focus Jam² eMTB First Ride: 2023 Focus Jam² eMTB
The Jam² been completely overhauled, with a new motor, geometry, and suspension layout.
Mike Kazimer    Feb 15, 2023
Reserve's New Aluminum Wheels Come With a Lifetime Reserve's New Aluminum Wheels Come With a Lifetime Warranty
The $699 price also includes Reserve's fancy Fillmore valves.
Matt Beer    Dec 12, 2022
First Ride: Machina's Beautiful, Technologically A First Ride: Machina's Beautiful, Technologically Advanced Prototype was Fun While it Lasted
It's got a Pinion belt drive, uses 3D printed titanium lugs, and is made in the Sea to Sky corridor.
Mike Kazimer    Nov 19, 2022
First Ride: Polygon's $3,299 Collosus N9 First Ride: Polygon's $3,299 Collosus N9
The 170mm Collosus N9 is no lightweight, but it has a great parts kit for the price.
Seb Stott    Oct 26, 2022
First Ride: The Focus Jam² SL Uses Fazua's New 60 First Ride: The Focus Jam² SL Uses Fazua's New 60 Nm Motor - Tech Week 2023
The 2023 Jam² SL has 150mm of rear travel, adjustable geometry, and uses Fazua's new motor.
Ralf Hauser    Sep 28, 2022
First Ride: Bosch Performance Line CX Race Limited First Ride: Bosch Performance Line CX Race Limited Edition Motor
Bosch's race-specific motor cranks the performance of the CX series up to eleven
Mike Levy    Aug 12, 2022
First Ride: Prototype Supre Drivetrain - Crankworx First Ride: Prototype Supre Drivetrain - Crankworx Whistler 2022
Is there room for another type of drivetrain, or are Lal Bikes trying to solve a problem that you don't have to deal with?
Matt Beer    Aug 11, 2022
First Ride: SCOR 4060 Z LT - Crankworx Whistler 20 First Ride: SCOR 4060 Z LT - Crankworx Whistler 2022
The 4060 Z is an agile, full-powered eMTB with plenty of travel for rough terrain.
Seb Stott    Jul 1, 2022
First Ride: Whyte E-160 RSX 29er First Ride: Whyte E-160 RSX 29er
The new E-160 gets all the wheel size options, Bosch's latest motor, and a huge battery.
Mike Kazimer    Jun 21, 2022
First Ride: The 2023 Santa Cruz Hightower Gets Twe First Ride: The 2023 Santa Cruz Hightower Gets Tweaked, Not Transformed
The Hightower 3 gains in-frame storage and a little port to help make shock setup easier.
Matt Beer    Jun 13, 2022
First Ride: Marzocchi's New Bomber Air Shock First Ride: Marzocchi's New Bomber Air Shock
The Bomber Air offers simple, tool-free damping adjustments in a lightweight package
Dan Roberts    May 30, 2022
First Ride: ARC8 Evolve FS - The Future of XC Race First Ride: ARC8 Evolve FS - The Future of XC Race Bikes?
The new Evolve pairs an incredibly light frame with very modern geometry.
Dan Roberts    Apr 5, 2022
First Ride: 2022 Canyon Spectral:ON CFR First Ride: 2022 Canyon Spectral:ON CFR
The new electric Spectral is available with a 900Wh battery that should minimize any range anxiety.
Mike Kazimer    Feb 17, 2022
First Ride: 2022 Canyon Spectral 125 - A Trail Bik First Ride: 2022 Canyon Spectral 125 - A Trail Bike With Enduro Geometry
The newest member of the Spectral family has a 64-degree head angle and 125mm of rear travel.
Matt Beer    Feb 15, 2022
First Ride: Reserve 30|HD Carbon Wheels Can Take S First Ride: Reserve 30|HD Carbon Wheels Can Take Serious Hits
Reserve's new 1800 gram wheelset is designed for all-mountain and enduro riders.
Seb Stott    Dec 13, 2021
First Ride: 2022 Focus Jam2 eMTB First Ride: 2022 Focus Jam2 eMTB
Focus say they designed the refreshed Jam2 electric trail bike for fun and reliability rather than racing.
Alicia Leggett    Dec 1, 2021
First Ride: 2022 Eminent Drive MT - a High-Pivot e First Ride: 2022 Eminent Drive MT - a High-Pivot eMTB
Eminent has applied the Active Float System suspension design to an eMTB and added a high pivot.
Matt Beer    Oct 28, 2021
First Ride: 2022 Trek Rail 9.9 - More Battery Powe First Ride: 2022 Trek Rail 9.9 - More Battery Power & Updated Geometry
The Rail 9.9 now has a 750Wh battery and geometry numbers that are similar to the Slash's.
Matt Beer    Oct 12, 2021
First Ride: 2022 Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Alloy First Ride: 2022 Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Alloy - Adaptability Meets Affordability
There's now an aluminum version of the Stumpjumper EVO, complete with a SWAT box for snack storage.
Matt Beer    Aug 20, 2021
First Ride: The New Intense Tracer 279 First Ride: The New Intense Tracer 279
There's a new Tracer on the way, although some of the specifics are still up in the air.
Mike Kazimer    Aug 10, 2021
First Ride: 2022 Pivot Firebird - Ready to Fly First Ride: 2022 Pivot Firebird - Ready to Fly
The new Firebird underwent the longer and slacker treatment, plus there's now plenty of room for a water bottle.
Dan Roberts    Jul 12, 2021
First Ride: Manitou's New Dorado First Ride: Manitou's New Dorado
Two decades on, Manitou's inverted icon is still going strong.
Richard Cunningham    Jun 30, 2021
First Ride: The 2022 Ibis Exie is Made in USA &amp First Ride: The 2022 Ibis Exie is Made in USA & Ready to Race
The Exie was conceived to be light enough to trade paint with any World Cup race bike and tough enough to step into the trail bike arena.
Seb Stott    Jun 30, 2021
First Ride: 2022 Nukeproof Megawatt - a Mega With First Ride: 2022 Nukeproof Megawatt - a Mega With a Motor
The Megawatt has 165mm of travel, mixed wheels, and Shimano's EP8 motor.
Mike Kazimer    Jun 8, 2021
First Ride: Santa Cruz's New Bronson Gets a Mullet First Ride: Santa Cruz's New Bronson Gets a Mullet for 2022
Version 4.0 of the Bronson retains its 150mm of travel, but is now running a 29" front / 27.5" rear wheel combo.
Mike Kazimer    Jun 3, 2021
First Ride: Transition's New Spire & Patrol First Ride: Transition's New Spire & Patrol
The new Spire has 29" wheels, 170mm of travel, and is available with an alloy or carbon frame.
Sarah Moore    Jun 1, 2021
First Ride: Santa Cruz's New 2022 Blur is XC Race First Ride: Santa Cruz's New 2022 Blur is XC Race Ready
The new Blur is available in XC and TR versions, with either 100mm or 115mm of travel.
Seb Stott    Apr 22, 2021
First Ride: 2022 Focus Jam - A Sleek Trail Bike First Ride: 2022 Focus Jam - A Sleek Trail Bike
Focus has revamped their Jam trail bike with more travel and more aggressive geometry.
Mike Kazimer    Apr 21, 2021
First Ride: 2022 Niner WFO 9 RDO - Lots of Travel, First Ride: 2022 Niner WFO 9 RDO - Lots of Travel, Efficiency, & Acronyms
The WFO returns to Niner's lineup, this time with 170mm of travel, a 180mm fork, and a 64-degree head angle.
Sarah Moore    Mar 2, 2021
Alchemy's New Arktos Combines 3 Travel Configurati Alchemy's New Arktos Combines 3 Travel Configurations & 2 Wheel Sizes in 1 Frame
The new Arktos can be built up into everything from a short travel trail bike to a 150mm enduro machine.
Daniel Sapp    Feb 22, 2021
First Ride: 2021 Pivot Trail 429 First Ride: 2021 Pivot Trail 429
The Trail 429's geometry and suspension layout have been updated for 2021.
Mike Kazimer    Feb 3, 2021
First Ride: 2021 Forbidden Dreadnought - Ready for First Ride: 2021 Forbidden Dreadnought - Ready for Anything
Forbidden are back with the Dreadnought, the eagerly anticipated, longer travel follow up to the Druid.
Daniel Sapp    Jan 20, 2021
First Ride: 2021 Devinci Marshall - Aluminum, Affo First Ride: 2021 Devinci Marshall - Aluminum, Affordable, & Made in Canada
Devinci has two new Canadian-made bikes - a 130mm trail bike and a hardtail, both of which are surprisingly affordable.
David Arthur    Dec 1, 2020
First Ride: Marin's First eMTB - the 2021 Alpine T First Ride: Marin's First eMTB - the 2021 Alpine Trail E2
Marin's first eMTB takes the existing Alpine Trail platform and adds in Shimano's EP8 motor system.
Ralf Hauser    Oct 22, 2020
First Ride: Orbea's Rise is a New Breed of eMTB First Ride: Orbea's Rise is a New Breed of eMTB
The Rise is the electrified version of the Occam, with a focus on light weight.
Dan Roberts    Oct 14, 2020
First Ride: 2021 Nukeproof Mega First Ride: 2021 Nukeproof Mega
The latest Mega received multiple updates, and now has the ability to carry a water bottle in the right place.
Ralf Hauser    Sep 28, 2020
First Ride: 2021 Propain Spindrift - 180mm of Trav First Ride: 2021 Propain Spindrift - 180mm of Travel & Lots of Options
The new Sprindrift is available in carbon or aluminum, with 29", 27.5", or mixed wheel sizes.
Sarah Moore    Sep 15, 2020
First Look: Liv Intrigue Advanced Pro 29 First Look: Liv Intrigue Advanced Pro 29
The new carbon trail bike with 125mm of rear travel and a 140mm fork uses flip chip adjustable frame geometry.
Mike Kazimer    Sep 3, 2020
First Ride: 2021 Trek Slash - Now With Snack Stora First Ride: 2021 Trek Slash - Now With Snack Storage
You know the drill... The new Slash is longer, lower, slacker, and it has an internal storage compartment.
Ralf Hauser    Aug 31, 2020
First Ride: Shimano's New Steps EP8 eMTB System First Ride: Shimano's New Steps EP8 eMTB System
Shimano's new motor is lighter, more powerful, and smaller than its predecessor.
Daniel Sapp    Aug 27, 2020
First Ride: Trek's New 2021 Procaliber First Ride: Trek's New 2021 Procaliber
Trek's revamped Procaliber hardtail couples a full-carbon XC race frame with surprisingly affordable build options.
Daniel Sapp    Aug 3, 2020
First Ride: Yeti's 2021 ARC Hardtail First Ride: Yeti's 2021 ARC Hardtail
Don't fret, if the limited edition $9,900 ARC was a little too much for you, there are options.
Mike Kazimer    Jul 30, 2020
First Ride: The New EXT Era Fork is Very, Very Pro First Ride: The New EXT Era Fork is Very, Very Promising
EXT's new fork uses a hybrid air spring to deliver incredible traction and tunability.
Mike Kazimer    Jul 8, 2020
First Ride: 2021 Evil Wreckoning First Ride: 2021 Evil Wreckoning
The Wreckoning gets a revamp, with more travel, updated geometry, and Super Boost.
Mike Kazimer    Jun 16, 2020
First Ride: 2021 Santa Cruz 5010 - Get Jibby With First Ride: 2021 Santa Cruz 5010 - Get Jibby With It
The 5010 gets a new frame design, and undergoes the longer and slacker treatment.
Mike Kazimer    Jun 15, 2020
First Ride: 2021 Commencal Meta TR - Is Mini-Endur First Ride: 2021 Commencal Meta TR - Is Mini-Enduro a Thing?
Commencal are calling the new 140mm Meta TR a mini-enduro bike, but with a longer reach and a slacker head angle there's not much 'mini' about this bike.
Daniel Sapp    Jun 9, 2020
First Ride: 2021 Ibis Mojo 4 - Longer, Slacker, &a First Ride: 2021 Ibis Mojo 4 - Longer, Slacker, & Lighter
Don't worry, the fourth generation of the 130mm Mojo is still nice and lively.
Daniel Sapp    May 21, 2020
First Ride: Cannondale's All-New Scalpel SE First Ride: Cannondale's All-New Scalpel SE
The Scalpel gets a significant update, and there are now two models - one with 100mm of travel, and the other with 120mm.
Dan Roberts    May 8, 2020
First Ride: Newmen's Advanced SL A.30 Carbon Fiber First Ride: Newmen's Advanced SL A.30 Carbon Fiber Wheelset
Best known for their aluminum products, Newmen's new carbon fiber wheelset is aimed at enduro riders.
Mike Kazimer    Aug 13, 2019
First Ride: The 2020 Specialized Enduro is Bigger First Ride: The 2020 Specialized Enduro is Bigger & Burlier Than Ever
The new Enduro has 170mm of travel and a suspension design borrowed from the Demo downhill bike.
Dan Roberts    Mar 4, 2020
First Ride: Vee Tire Co Snap Trail - Bike Connecti First Ride: Vee Tire Co Snap Trail - Bike Connection Winter 2020
Vee's new Snap Trail tire measures a true 2.35" wide and can hold its own in varied terrain.
Ralf Hauser    Mar 4, 2020
First Ride: Lapierre's New Overvolt GLP 2 First Ride: Lapierre's New Overvolt GLP 2
Version 2.0 of the GLP gets a bigger front wheel, new geometry, and a lighter overall weight.
Daniel Sapp    Mar 3, 2020
First Ride: Industry Nine's New TR280 Carbon Wheel First Ride: Industry Nine's New TR280 Carbon Wheelset
Industry Nine's newest wheels use carbon rim made by We Are One Composites in conjunction with their system hubs and spokes.
Mike Kazimer    Feb 18, 2020
First Ride: The New Ibis Ripmo V2 is Carbon AF First Ride: The New Ibis Ripmo V2 is Carbon AF
Version 2.0 of the Ripmo gets a little slacker, a little longer, and it's now coil shock compatible.
Daniel Sapp    Feb 13, 2020
First Ride: Transition's New Scout Carbon First Ride: Transition's New Scout Carbon
The Scout has a new look, along with more travel and updated geometry.
Mike Kazimer    Feb 4, 2020
First Ride: The 2020 Specialized Turbo Levo SL Wei First Ride: The 2020 Specialized Turbo Levo SL Weighs Only 38 Pounds
The new Levo SL uses the same lightweight motor as Specialized's Creo e-road bike.
David Arthur    Jan 31, 2020
First Ride: Bird's New Aether 7 Trail Bike First Ride: Bird's New Aether 7 Trail Bike
The new Aether has 130mm of rear travel, 27.5" wheels, and very modern geometry numbers.
Dan Roberts    Jan 23, 2020
First Ride: DT Swiss' 232 ONE Platform - A New XC First Ride: DT Swiss' 232 ONE Platform - A New XC Fork, Shock, & Dropper Post
With the Olympics on the horizons, DT Swiss have announced a trio of components aimed at XC racers.
Ralf Hauser    Jan 15, 2020
First Ride: 2020 Propain Tyee First Ride: 2020 Propain Tyee
The new Tyee underwent a significant revision, and there are now 29" and 27.5" versions in aluminum and carbon.
Mike Kazimer    Oct 30, 2019
First Ride: The 2020 Norco Sight Has an All-Mounta First Ride: The 2020 Norco Sight Has an All-Mountain Focus
The new Sight now has 150 millimeters of rear travel and a 64-degree head tube angle.
David Arthur    Oct 17, 2019
First Ride: Merida eOne-Forty First Ride: Merida eOne-Forty
The eOne-Forty rolls on mixed wheel sizes, and has 133mm of travel.
Mike Levy    Oct 15, 2019
First Ride: Norco's New 2020 Optic is Short on Tra First Ride: Norco's New 2020 Optic is Short on Travel, But Big on Fun
Norco's all-new 2020 Optic combines new school geometry with short travel to create one extra-fun trail bike.
Mike Kazimer    Sep 3, 2019
First Look: The Shout - Trust Performance's New Lo First Look: The Shout - Trust Performance's New Long Travel Linkage Fork
Trust have added another linkage fork to their lineup, this one with 178mm of travel.
Mike Kazimer    Sep 4, 2019
First Ride: TRP's DH7 Shifter & 'Hall Lock' Eq First Ride: TRP's DH7 Shifter & 'Hall Lock' Equipped Derailleur
Designed with input from Aaron Gwin and John Hall, the DH7 drivetrain is now official.
Mike Kazimer    Sep 4, 2019
First Look: Bell Super Air R - A New Lightweight F First Look: Bell Super Air R - A New Lightweight Full-Face Trail Helmet
Bell's newest full face helmet weighs only 676 grams, but it's not DH certified.
Daniel Sapp    Sep 3, 2019
First Ride: Devinci's New Django Carbon 29 First Ride: Devinci's New Django Carbon 29
Devinci's new Django 29 has 120mm of travel and an aggressive spec that caters to a wide spread of riders.
Dan Roberts    Aug 21, 2019
First Ride: 2020 Cannondale Habit Neo eMTB First Ride: 2020 Cannondale Habit Neo eMTB
The Moterra's shorter travel sibling, the new Habit Neo was designed to be an energized trail bike.
Sarah Moore    Aug 20, 2019
First Ride: 2020 Liv Pique 29 - A World Cup Ready First Ride: 2020 Liv Pique 29 - A World Cup Ready XC Bike
The Liv Pique has morphed from a small-wheeled trail bike into a big-wheeled cross-country race machine.
Sarah Moore    Aug 20, 2019
First Ride: Juliana's Short Travel Brawler - The 2 First Ride: Juliana's Short Travel Brawler - The 2020 Joplin
The new Joplin now has 120mm of travel, and geometry that makes it more capable than ever.
Mike Kazimer    Aug 13, 2019
First Ride: 2020 Rocky Mountain Slayer First Ride: 2020 Rocky Mountain Slayer
The Slayer returns, this time with either 170mm of travel and 29" wheels, or 180mm of travel and 27.5" wheels.
Ralf Hauser    Aug 12, 2019
First Ride: Giant's 2020 Reign E+ Wants to Go Big First Ride: Giant's 2020 Reign E+ Wants to Go Big
Giant extends its e-bike range with the 160mm travel Reign E+.
Mike Kazimer    Aug 7, 2019
First Ride: 2020 Giant Reign Advanced 29 First Ride: 2020 Giant Reign Advanced 29
The new Reign now rolls on 29" wheels and has 146mm of travel.
Sarah Moore    Jul 28, 2019
First Ride: Yeti's 2020 SB140 Doesn't Want to Be C First Ride: Yeti's 2020 SB140 Doesn't Want to Be Confined by Race Tape
The Yeti SB140 fits smack dab in the middle of Yeti's line-up with 140mm of rear travel.
Mike Kazimer    Jul 15, 2019
Freeride's Alive - Riding the 2020 Yeti SB165 Freeride's Alive - Riding the 2020 Yeti SB165
With 27.5" wheels, 165mm of coil-sprung rear travel and a 180mm fork, the new SB165 has all the ingredients necessary for a modern freeride machine.
Brian Park    Jul 12, 2019
First Ride: RockShox's Updated 2020 Reverb - Bike First Ride: RockShox's Updated 2020 Reverb - Bike Connection Summer 2019
We try out the new Reverb, which has a lighter action, more drop from a shorter post, and a longer service interval than before.
Mike Kazimer    Jul 11, 2019
First Ride: The 2020 Scott Gambler DH Bike is Ligh First Ride: The 2020 Scott Gambler DH Bike is Light & Ultra-Adjustable
Scott didn't hold back in their quest to create one of the lightest DH race bikes on the market.
Mike Kazimer    Jul 9, 2019
First Ride: The 2020 Demo 29 - Specialized's New A First Ride: The 2020 Demo 29 - Specialized's New Aluminum DH Race Machine
You've seen the prototypes, now it's time to check out the production version of the new Demo.
Sarah Moore    Jul 2, 2019
First Ride: Juliana's New 29er - the 2020 Maverick First Ride: Juliana's New 29er - the 2020 Maverick
The Maverick is the first longer-travel 29er in Juliana's lineup, with 140mm of rear travel and a 150mm fork.
Ralf Hauser    Jun 17, 2019
First Ride: Orbea's 2020 Occam Trail Bike is Light First Ride: Orbea's 2020 Occam Trail Bike is Light, Fast & Fun
The Orbea Occam has been completely revised, and now has 29" wheels, 140mm of rear travel, and modern geometry,
Daniel Sapp    May 23, 2019
First Ride: Trek's 2020 Top Fuel Gets a Little Mor First Ride: Trek's 2020 Top Fuel Gets a Little More Travel & a Lot More Aggressive
Trek sends its premier dual-suspension XC race bike to the aggressive trail bike gym.
James Huang    May 23, 2019
First Ride: Pivot's XC Race Ready 2020 Mach 4 SL First Ride: Pivot's XC Race Ready 2020 Mach 4 SL
The new Mach 4 SL is Pivot's premier cross-country race bike.
Mike Kazimer    Apr 11, 2019
First Ride: Hutchinson's New Griffus Tires First Ride: Hutchinson's New Griffus Tires
Developed to meet the demands of EWS athletes, the Griffus is the first model in Hutchinson's new Racing Lab range.
Mike Levy    Apr 10, 2019
First Ride: Norco's 2020 Revolver Cross-Country Bi First Ride: Norco's 2020 Revolver Cross-Country Bike
The name is the same but Norco's full-on cross-country bike is new from tip to tail.
Mike Kazimer    Apr 8, 2019
First Ride: Zipp Enters the Mountain Bike World Wi First Ride: Zipp Enters the Mountain Bike World With New 3Zero Moto Carbon Wheels
Zipp debuts a single wall rim design that's designed to flex for maximum traction.
Richard Cunningham    Apr 4, 2019
First Ride: Eminent Onset 140 First Ride: Eminent Onset 140
Southern California brand’s new big-wheel trail bike features modern numbers and a bold profile.
Mike Kazimer    Apr 4, 2019
First Ride: RockShox's Updated Lyrik and New Delux First Ride: RockShox's Updated Lyrik and New Deluxe Shock
There's a new Charger 2.1 damper, and multiple friction reducing features in RockShox's Signature Series suspension line.
Ralf Hauser    Mar 29, 2019
First Ride: Bold Unplugged Volume 2 First Ride: Bold Unplugged Volume 2
Bold's latest all-mountain design lets you choose wheels sizes and adjust your geometry from mild to wild.
Daniel Sapp    Mar 21, 2019
First Ride: Teravail's New Ehline and Honcho Trail First Ride: Teravail's New Ehline and Honcho Trail Tires
Teravail have two new tires aimed at the cross-country and trail riders.
Mike Kazimer    Mar 19, 2019
First Ride: Santa Cruz Megatower First Ride: Santa Cruz Megatower
The new Megatower is ready to rumble with 29" wheels and 160mm of travel.
Mike Kazimer    Mar 5, 2019
First Ride: Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Pro Carbon First Ride: Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Pro Carbon
The Stumpjumper EVO is now available with a carbon frame. And yes, it has a SWAT box.
Daniel Sapp    Mar 5, 2019
First Ride: Salsa's New Spearfish and Horsethief First Ride: Salsa's New Spearfish and Horsethief
Salsa's two shorter-travel 29ers get some major updates and two full size water bottles.
Paul Aston    Jan 17, 2019
First Ride: The New Canyon Strive First Ride: The New Canyon Strive
The Strive returns with big wheels, 150mm of rear travel, and an updated Shapeshifter design.
David Arthur    Jan 15, 2019
First Ride: YT's New Long-Travel 29er, the Jeffsy First Ride: YT's New Long-Travel 29er, the Jeffsy 29 CF Pro Race
There's an all-new Jeffsy and we spent a few days in Portugal on the long-travel version to see what the fresh design is all about. And no, Christopher Walken wasn't there.
Daniel Sapp    Nov 27, 2018
First Ride: 2019 Canyon Neuron First Ride: 2019 Canyon Neuron
The Canyon Neuron was designed to be a versatile trail bike, with 130mm of travel and either 29" or 27.5" wheels depending on the frame size.
Alex Evans    Oct 10, 2018
First Ride: Scott Ransom 900 Tuned First Ride: Scott Ransom 900 Tuned
We take Scott's new long travel 29er enduro race bike out for some laps on Whistler's gnarly terrain.
Sarah Moore    Oct 9, 2018
First Ride: The 2019 Cannondale Habit is Shockingl First Ride: The 2019 Cannondale Habit is Shockingly Normal
The original Habit was one of the first lightweight, medium-travel XC bikes with capable trail geometry. The new Habit takes the concept to a new level.
Paul Aston    Sep 27, 2018
First Ride: Ohlins New RXF36 Trail Fork & TTX First Ride: Ohlins New RXF36 Trail Fork & TTX Air Shock
Ohlins admits they've had a tough time entering the MTB market, but they aim to change that with their new fork and shock.
Ralf Hauser    Sep 17, 2018
First Ride: Specialized's New Turbo Levo FSR First Ride: Specialized's New Turbo Levo FSR
Specialized's new Levo promises to be the most svelte and powerful eMTBs to date.
Ralf Hauser    Sep 17, 2018
First Ride: The New Focus SAM is a 170mm Lightweig First Ride: The New Focus SAM is a 170mm Lightweight
The new SAM has 27.5" wheels, 170mm of travel, and a very reasonable weight.
Daniel Sapp    Sep 9, 2018
First Ride: Yeti's New SB130 First Ride: Yeti's New SB130
Yeti have added another new model to their lineup - find out more about the SB130.
Alex Evans    Aug 29, 2018
First Ride: GT Fury Carbon Team First Ride: GT Fury Carbon Team
We test GT's new high pivot DH bike on the trails at the world's most formidable bike park.
Mike Kazimer    Aug 26, 2018
First Ride: Yeti’s New SB150 First Ride: Yeti’s New SB150
Long, slack, and there's even room for a water bottle. The new SB150 is Yeti's most aggressive 29er yet.
Daniel Sapp    Aug 16, 2018
First Ride: 2019 Dainese Enduro Knee Guards First Ride: 2019 Dainese Enduro Knee Guards
Dainese's new Enduro Knee Guard is designed to offer the extra protection racers need, but their initial design compromises off-the-bike comfort.
Paul Aston    Aug 10, 2018
First Ride: Kona Operator CR 29" First Ride: Kona Operator CR 29"
Kona debut their 29" wheeled carbon Operator CR that can be downsized to 27.5" wheels.
Mike Kazimer    Aug 8, 2018
First Ride: Polygon's  New XquarOne DH First Ride: Polygon's New XquarOne DH
Polygon bring their unique suspension design to the downhill world - meet the XquarOne DH.
Daniel Sapp    Aug 6, 2018
First Ride: 2019 Giant Trance 29 First Ride: 2019 Giant Trance 29
Does Giant's new Trance offer more than its mere 115mm travel would have you expect? Daniel Sapp flew to northern Italy to find out.
Daniel Sapp    Jul 23, 2018
First Ride: 2019 Orbea Oiz First Ride: 2019 Orbea Oiz
Orbea's best selling XC race bike gets the low-and-slack treatment and a more playful, 120mm-travel sibling.
Ralf Hauser    Jul 18, 2018
First Ride: Bold Unplugged Volume 1 First Ride: Bold Unplugged Volume 1
Bold's latest creation is an unbridled enduro bike with adjustable geometry, two suspension options, and you can configure it for 27.5" or 29" wheels.
Daniel Sapp    Jul 9, 2018
First Ride: 2019 Specialized Epic EVO First Ride: 2019 Specialized Epic EVO
Specialized's dual-suspension XC race bike gets the EVO treatment, with a longer-stroke fork, more relaxed numbers, and a muscular component spec..
Mike Kazimer    Jul 6, 2018
First Ride: 2019 GT Force & Sensor First Ride: 2019 GT Force & Sensor
GT reveals two new bikes - the EWS-proven Force, and the Sensor, a new 130mm 29er.
Paul Aston    Jul 6, 2018
First Ride: Öhlins Downhill Race Fork First Ride: Öhlins Downhill Race Fork
Öhlins' long-awaited DH38 Downhill Race fork has arrived, and Paul Aston has some early impressions of the Swedish slider.
Daniel Sapp    Jul 5, 2018
First Ride: WTB’s 2019 Tires & Rims First Ride: WTB’s 2019 Tires & Rims
WTB revamps its most important tires and rims and introduces a two-layer armored bead seal. Daniel Sapp puts them to task on Idaho's Silver Mountain trails.
Paul Aston    Jul 4, 2018
First Ride: Marin Alpine Trail First Ride: Marin Alpine Trail
Marin's affordable 150mm travel 29er comes ready to shred - with modern geometry and a needs-nothing spec.
Mike Kazimer    Jul 3, 2018
First Ride: The New Santa Cruz Bronson First Ride: The New Santa Cruz Bronson
The Bronson still has 27.5" wheels and 150mm of travel, but the frame has been fully redesigned.
Mike Levy    Jul 3, 2018
First Ride: Santa Cruz's New 5010 First Ride: Santa Cruz's New 5010
This is the third iteration of the 5010, and it's easily the most capable yet thanks to some big changes.
Daniel Sapp    Jun 26, 2018
First Ride: 2019 Canyon Lux First Ride: 2019 Canyon Lux
Canyon's newly remade Lux is lightweight, fits two bottles, and is very XCO race focused.
Ralf Hauser    Jun 21, 2018
Trek Powerfly LT 9 MY19 - First Ride Trek Powerfly LT 9 MY19 - First Ride
The Powerfly family gets updated for 2019, and now has a fully-integrated power pack.
Mike Kazimer    Jun 20, 2018
First Ride: Pivot's New Firebird 29 First Ride: Pivot's New Firebird 29
There's another big-wheeled brawler on the block - meet Pivot's 162mm Firebird 29.
Paul Aston    May 21, 2018
First Ride: Ghost Hybride SL AMR X S7.7+ LC eMTB First Ride: Ghost Hybride SL AMR X S7.7+ LC eMTB
Ghost drop their latest eMTB that features sorted geometry and specs. Could it go straight to the front of the pack?
Mike Kazimer    May 17, 2018
First Ride: Pivot's New Trail 429 First Ride: Pivot's New Trail 429
Pivot's newest 29er has 120mm of rear travel, a longer reach, and 12 x 157mm rear hub spacing.
Paul Aston    Apr 25, 2018
Cube Stereo 150 TM - First Ride Cube Stereo 150 TM - First Ride
Sizing that's a big leap forward from the previous model and different grades of carbon fibre across the range could make Cube's new Stereo a hot contender for your cash.
Paul Aston    Apr 23, 2018
Lapierre Overvolt AM 727i - First Ride Lapierre Overvolt AM 727i - First Ride
The new 160mm Overvolt is the first Lapierre to be powered by a Shimano Steps motor.
Mike Kazimer    Apr 19, 2018
Maxxis' New Assegai DH Tire - First Ride Maxxis' New Assegai DH Tire - First Ride
Designed by the GOAT himself, we've been putting the miles in on Maxxis' newest downhill tire.
David Arthur    Apr 16, 2018
2019 Specialized Stumpjumper - First Ride 2019 Specialized Stumpjumper - First Ride
We headed to Ainsa, Spain, to get acquainted with the redesigned Specialized Stumpjumper.
Mike Kazimer    Apr 17, 2018
RockShox Boxxer World Cup - First Ride RockShox Boxxer World Cup - First Ride
The Boxxer gets a complete overhaul, and is now available in a 29" version with 200mm of travel.
Mike Kazimer    Apr 10, 2018
Marzocchi's New Bomber Z1 Fork - First Ride Marzocchi's New Bomber Z1 Fork - First Ride
The iconic Bomber is back with a new look and up to 180 millimeters of travel.
Mike Kazimer    Apr 5, 2018
Trek Full Stache - First Ride Trek Full Stache - First Ride
With 29" x 3.0" tires and 130mm of travel the Full Stache isn't your typical trail bike.
Richard Cunningham    Mar 26, 2018
First Ride: Ibis Ripmo - Long-Travel 29er First Ride: Ibis Ripmo - Long-Travel 29er
This is definitely not your dad's Ibis - a forward thinking 29er that will become a springboard for future designs.
Mike Kazimer    Mar 20, 2018
First Ride: 2019 RockShox Lyrik RC2 First Ride: 2019 RockShox Lyrik RC2
Get the scoop on the updated Lyrik fork and Super Deluxe shock.
Richard Cunningham    Mar 7, 2018
First Ride: Intense Sniper Elite XC First Ride: Intense Sniper Elite XC
This surprise cross-country offering from Temecula, California, has modern numbers and a decidedly different attitude.
Paul Aston    Mar 7, 2018
Canyon Goes Electric with the Spectral:ON - First Canyon Goes Electric with the Spectral:ON - First Ride
The direct-sale superpower from Germany finally joins the eMTB fray with a 150mm trail bike that's got mismatched 27.5+ / 29" wheels.
Richard Cunningham    Feb 23, 2018
First Ride: Promising New Suspension Design From a First Ride: Promising New Suspension Design From an Unlikely Source
Set-and-forget suspension that pedals great and rides smoothly? We've heard that before, but garage inventor Damon Madsen thinks he's cracked the code.
Mike Kazimer    Dec 19, 2017
2018 Canyon Torque - First Ride 2018 Canyon Torque - First Ride
The Torque returns, this time with 175mm of travel and 27.5" wheels.
Mike Kazimer    Dec 11, 2017
2018 Canyon Spectral - First Ride 2018 Canyon Spectral - First Ride
Canyon's popular trail bike has received an extensive revision for 2018. Dig into all the details inside.
Mike Kazimer    Sep 20, 2017
Nukeproof Mega 275 Carbon - First Ride Nukeproof Mega 275 Carbon - First Ride
Sam Hill's ride of choice is now available for public consumption.
AJ Barlas    Sep 2, 2017
Specialized's New Long Travel eMTB - The Turbo Ken Specialized's New Long Travel eMTB - The Turbo Kenevo FSR - First Ride
Specialized answer requests for a longer travel eMTB with the Kenevo—the pedal assist version of their popular Enduro trail bike.
Paul Aston    Aug 30, 2017
Enve M-Series and Protective Rim Strip Technology Enve M-Series and Protective Rim Strip Technology - First Ride
Enve unveils a completely refreshed line of mountain wheels, as well as integrated puncture and rim protection.
Mike Kazimer    Aug 15, 2017
Unno's Showstopping Carbon DH Bike: First Ride - C Unno's Showstopping Carbon DH Bike: First Ride - Crankworx Whistler 2017
Does the performance of Unno's exotic carbon creation match its stunning looks?
Mike Kazimer    Jul 24, 2017
Giant Reign Advanced 2018 - First Ride Giant Reign Advanced 2018 - First Ride
The Reign returns with updated geometry and a revised suspension layout for 2018.
David Arthur    Jul 10, 2017
Whyte G-170 - First Ride Whyte G-170 - First Ride
Available in either carbon or aluminum, the G-170 is Whyte's new 170mm enduro race bike.
Mike Kazimer    Jul 6, 2017
Santa Cruz Hightower LT - First Ride Santa Cruz Hightower LT - First Ride
With 150mm of travel and 29" wheels there's not much that can stop the new Hightower LT.
Atherton Racing    Jul 5, 2017
Atherton Diaries Episode 7: Racing Andorra World C Atherton Diaries Episode 7: Racing Andorra World Cup, Rally Cars, Rowboats and Rach's First Ride - Video
Episode 7 of the Atherton Diaries is here, follow the guys as they ride, race and make time for rowing and rally car adventures in between.
AJ Barlas    Jul 1, 2017
2018 Specialized Epic - First Ride 2018 Specialized Epic - First Ride
When Specialized took on the task of overhauling their staple XC race craft, the Epic, they knew they had their work cut out for them. All the details of the redesign here, plus some initial ride impressions.
Ralf Hauser    Jun 26, 2017
Rose Pikes Peak - First Ride Rose Pikes Peak - First Ride
Available with either 150 or 165mm of travel, the Pikes Peak uses a clever new system to adjust the geometry and shock progression.
Kike Abelleira    Jun 26, 2017
Orbea Goes Big With the New Rallon - First Ride Orbea Goes Big With the New Rallon - First Ride
The Rallon returns, this time with a carbon frame, 29" wheels, and 150mm of travel.
Richard Cunningham    Jun 21, 2017
BMC Speedfox 01 - First Ride BMC Speedfox 01 - First Ride
BMC Synchronizes the dropper seatpost with the shock's remote lockout and reinvents the trail bike.
Paul Aston    Jun 16, 2017
Scott Genius 2018 - First Ride Scott Genius 2018 - First Ride
Scott debuts one of the most aggressive trail bikes on the market.
Lauren Jenkins    Jun 1, 2017
Juliana Strega – First Ride Juliana Strega – First Ride
We traveled to Triora, Italy, to get acquainted with the Strega, Juliana's new 170mm bike.
Mike Kazimer    Jun 1, 2017
The New Santa Cruz Nomad is Longer and Slacker Tha The New Santa Cruz Nomad is Longer and Slacker Than Ever – First Ride
The Nomad underwent a major revision, and now has 170mm of front and rear travel plus a new suspension layout.
flag Paul Aston    May 26, 2017
Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay EMTB – First R Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay EMTB – First Ride
We head to the grey earth of Valberg, France, to check out the Canadian brand's first EMTB.
AJ Barlas    May 18, 2017
Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon – First Ride Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon – First Ride
We head to Moab for a couple of days beating on the new Pivot 140mm travel Mach 5.5 trail bike, and our bodies, in the desert sun.
Paul Aston    May 17, 2017
Mr Wolf Banger Tire Insert - First Ride Mr Wolf Banger Tire Insert - First Ride
There's yet another foam, tire insert on the market. Does this one actually improve tubeless tire performance? We get a few runs on the new Banger from Italy.
Mike Kazimer    Apr 26, 2017
SRAM's New Code Brakes - First Ride SRAM's New Code Brakes - First Ride
Borrowing heavily from SRAM's Guide brakes, the classic Codes get an overhaul.
Richard Cunningham    Apr 20, 2017
Marin Wolf Ridge: First Ride Marin Wolf Ridge: First Ride
Marin's new 29er trail bike features Naild's R3ACT rear suspension.
Mike Kazimer    Apr 18, 2017
2018 Fox 36 - First Ride 2018 Fox 36 - First Ride
The venerable 36 gets updated with a Float EVOL air spring and a new volume spacer system.
Paul Aston    Apr 5, 2017
Cannondale Launches New Jekyll and Trigger - First Cannondale Launches New Jekyll and Trigger - First Ride
After seeing the first spy-shots nearly one year ago, the new Jekyll and Trigger are let out of the bag.
Richard Cunningham    Mar 13, 2017
Four New Tires From Michelin - First Ride Four New Tires From Michelin - First Ride
Three years in development, the French tire maker emerges with some impressive performers in the cross-country, trail and all-mountain categories.
Mike Levy    Mar 1, 2017
Cane Creek Introduces Fork - Exclusive First Ride Cane Creek Introduces Fork - Exclusive First Ride
We've had two Cane Creek Helm forks on our bikes for the past few weeks, and here's what we think of them so far.
Mike Kazimer    Feb 22, 2017
Norco Range 9.2 - First Ride Norco Range 9.2 - First Ride
The Range gets longer, lower, and slacker for 2017, and there's now a 29" version.
Olly Forster    Feb 15, 2017
YT Jeffsy 27 - First Ride YT Jeffsy 27 - First Ride
YT have gone and made a 27.5" wheeled version of the Jeffsy - our first impressions are that it really likes to party.
Mike Kazimer    Feb 13, 2017
First Ride: Salsa Deadwood SUS 29+ First Ride: Salsa Deadwood SUS 29+
Salsa's latest creation has 90mm of travel and rolls on 29 x 3.0" tires.
flag Jay French    Dec 21, 2016
Christchurch Adventure Park: Blenki's First Ride - Christchurch Adventure Park: Blenki's First Ride - Video
The Christchurch Adventure Park is looking like it's the place to be right now.
Mike Kazimer    Dec 5, 2016
Eightpins Integrated Dropper Post - First Ride Eightpins Integrated Dropper Post - First Ride
There's plenty of buzz around Eightpins' dropper post - we see how it works out on the trail.
Mike Kazimer    Nov 21, 2016
Shimano XT Di2 Drivetrain - First Ride Shimano XT Di2 Drivetrain - First Ride
We get acquainted with Shimano's newest electronic drivetrain.
Rachelle Frazer Boobar    Nov 14, 2016
Liv Hail and Pique - First Ride Liv Hail and Pique - First Ride
We traveled to Sedona, Arizona, to get acquainted with two new bikes from Liv.
Mike Levy    Oct 17, 2016
Box One Derailleur and Shifter - First Ride Box One Derailleur and Shifter - First Ride
Should SRAM and Shimano be worried about Box's new derailleur and PushPush shifter? Here are some early impressions of Box's long awaited drivetrain components.
AJ Barlas    Oct 3, 2016
Kona Operator 2017 - First Ride Kona Operator 2017 - First Ride
We get acquainted with the new Operator in Retallack, BC.
Vernon Felton    Aug 31, 2016
Devinci Marshall Carbon - First Ride Devinci Marshall Carbon - First Ride
Devinci's Marshall goes both ways--27+ and 29er. We rode the bike in both guises. Here are some first impressions on the new Devinci Marshall Carbon.
Mike Levy    Aug 25, 2016
Rocky Mountain's 2017 Slayer - First Ride Rocky Mountain's 2017 Slayer - First Ride
The Slayer returns for 2017 as a pure all-mountain and enduro race bike, and Levy spends a few days on it in Whistler to find out how it behaves.
Vernon Felton    Aug 16, 2016
Devinci Django 29 - First Ride Devinci Django 29 - First Ride
When Devinci rolled out the Django 27.5 trail bike, the first question on many riders minds was, "Why isn't Devinci making an aggressive 29er version?" Well, here's the 29er version.
Vernon Felton    Aug 4, 2016
2017 Kona Hei Hei Trail - First Ride 2017 Kona Hei Hei Trail - First Ride
Kona is trotting out a new 140-millimeter travel version of the Hei Hei. How does the 2017 Hei Hei Trail perform? We spent a day riding Squamish aboard the thing. Here's the story.
Mike Kazimer    Aug 1, 2016
Giant Trance - First Ride Giant Trance - First Ride
We spend two days in the Chilcotins getting acquainted with the new Trance.
Mike Kazimer    Jul 7, 2016
Niner RIP 9 RDO and JET 9 RDO - First Ride Niner RIP 9 RDO and JET 9 RDO - First Ride
We head to Sun Valley, Idaho, to ride two new bikes from Niner, including a plus-sized option.
Mike Kazimer    Jun 30, 2016
Trek's New Fuel EX 29 and Remedy 27.5 - First Ride Trek's New Fuel EX 29 and Remedy 27.5 - First Ride
Longer, lower, and slacker is the theme for the new Fuel EX and Remedy models.
Richard Cunningham    Jun 27, 2016
First Ride: Tantrum Cycles Missing Link Suspension First Ride: Tantrum Cycles Missing Link Suspension
Bran Berthold's latest invention does the impossible: pedals like a hardtail and delivers a plush ride over the bumps - without levers or electronics.
Mike Kazimer    Apr 29, 2016
2017 RockShox SID - First Ride 2017 RockShox SID - First Ride
The SID goes on a diet, and now comes with a Charger damper.
Mike Levy    Apr 29, 2016
Cannondale's New Scalpel-Si - First Ride Cannondale's New Scalpel-Si - First Ride
A first ride on the new Scalpel-Si, a cross-country race bike that Cannondale says is ready for some rowdy terrain. So, is it?
Vernon Felton    Apr 26, 2016
Santa Cruz Tallboy - First Ride Santa Cruz Tallboy - First Ride
The new Tallboy and Joplin models get a small boost in rear travel and a big increase in capability.
Mike Kazimer    Apr 14, 2016
Bontrager's New Made-in-USA Carbon Wheels - First Bontrager's New Made-in-USA Carbon Wheels - First Ride
Bontrager step into the ring with a set of wide and light carbon wheels that are made in Madison, Wisconsin.
Richard Cunningham    Apr 14, 2016
Norco Optic - First Ride Norco Optic - First Ride
The trailbike renaissance is in full swing as Norco unveils their Pacific Northwest-inspired short-travel range.
Mike Kazimer    Apr 12, 2016
Yeti SB5.5c - First Ride Yeti SB5.5c - First Ride
Yeti's SB family gets a burly new big-wheeled addition.
Richard Cunningham    Apr 12, 2016
Crankbrothers Highline Dropper Seatpost - First Ri Crankbrothers Highline Dropper Seatpost - First Ride
The sport’s most iconic component brand finally gets it right. Their new “redemption dropper” is hydraulic-powered, cable-operated, user-friendly, and comes with a three-year guarantee.
Rachelle Frazer Boobar    Apr 7, 2016
RockShox's New Super Deluxe Shock - First Ride RockShox's New Super Deluxe Shock - First Ride
RockShox reveal their two new metric shocks and the new sizing system is explained.
Olly Forster    Apr 7, 2016
YT Jeffsy 29 - First Ride YT Jeffsy 29 - First Ride
YT Industries step into the big-wheeled world with a new 140mm trail smasher.
Olly Forster    Apr 5, 2016
Canyon Sender - First Ride Canyon Sender - First Ride
We take a closer look at Canyon's latest gravity machine, the carbon Sender.
Olly Forster    Mar 29, 2016
Devinci Wilson Carbon - First Ride Devinci Wilson Carbon - First Ride
We take a closer look at Devinci's latest carbon fiber gravity machine to see if carbon really is the answer to a faster bike.
Mike Kazimer    Mar 24, 2016
First Ride: SRAM's 12-Speed Eagle Drivetrain First Ride: SRAM's 12-Speed Eagle Drivetrain
SRAM's new XX1 and X01 drivetrains now have twelve speeds, and use a 10-50 tooth cassette.
Olly Forster    Mar 15, 2016
Devinci Django - First Ride Devinci Django - First Ride
Devinci's new 120mm Django chassis is finally unchained.
Paul Aston    Feb 8, 2016
Cavalerie Anakin - Review Cavalerie Anakin - Review
Gearbox? Check. Belt drive? Check. We ride the Cavalerie Anakin from western France to see if it's a sign of things to come.
Mike Kazimer    Feb 2, 2016
Santa Cruz Hightower - First Ride Santa Cruz Hightower - First Ride
With 135mm of travel, 29" or 27.5+ wheels, and modern geometry, the Hightower is ready to get rowdy.
Paul Aston    Nov 10, 2015
Nukeproof Mega 275 and 290 - First Ride Nukeproof Mega 275 and 290 - First Ride
A classic re-born and now joined by a new bigger brother - we head to the Italian Riviera to see if the latest Mega can live up to its reputation.
Paul Aston    Oct 19, 2015
First Ride: Lapierre Spicy 2016 First Ride: Lapierre Spicy 2016
We head to Finale Ligure to get acquainted with Lapierre's updated classic.
David Arthur    Oct 19, 2015
First Ride: Whyte T-130C First Ride: Whyte T-130C
Sharp-handling carbon fiber trail bike from one of the UK's most respected suspension designers.
Paul Aston    Sep 28, 2015
First Ride: Nicolai Mojo GeoMetron First Ride: Nicolai Mojo GeoMetron
Throw out the rulebook and let the stopwatch determine your perfect frame geometry and suspension setup.
Mike Kazimer    Sep 11, 2015
First Ride: Santa Cruz's Updated Bronson and 5010 First Ride: Santa Cruz's Updated Bronson and 5010
The Bronson and the 5010 receive a host of updates, including slacker head angles and shorter chainstays.
Rachelle Frazer Boobar    Sep 11, 2015
First Ride: Juliana Bicycles Roubion and Furtado First Ride: Juliana Bicycles Roubion and Furtado
We head to the hills of Downieville, California, with Juliana's revamped Roubion and Furtado.
Richard Cunningham    Aug 25, 2015
First Ride: Cane Creek DBCoil Shock Gets a Climb S First Ride: Cane Creek DBCoil Shock Gets a Climb Switch
Introducing the DBcoil CS shock - the performance benefits of a coil shock, with climbing efficiency available on the fly.
Mike Kazimer    Aug 17, 2015
First Ride: 2016 Trek Top Fuel First Ride: 2016 Trek Top Fuel
We take Trek's 100mm XC race machine out for some hot laps.
Richard Cunningham    Aug 13, 2015
First Ride: Industry Nine Trail S Wheels - Crankwo First Ride: Industry Nine Trail S Wheels - Crankworx Whistler 2015
A switch from aluminum to straight-pull stainless steel spokes nets a gateway wheelset from one of North America's best wheel builders
Mike Kazimer    Aug 6, 2015
First Ride: Rocky Mountain Maiden First Ride: Rocky Mountain Maiden
After 4 years of development, Rocky Mountain's carbon downhill bike has become a reality.
Richard Cunningham    Aug 5, 2015
First Ride: Cannondale Habit Carbon 1 First Ride: Cannondale Habit Carbon 1
Cannondale's fresh take on the 120-millimeter trail bike is engineered to boost your fun factor.
Mike Kazimer    Jul 27, 2015
First Ride: 2016 RockShox Lyrik First Ride: 2016 RockShox Lyrik
We head to the Selkirk Mountains to spend time with the new Lyrik.
David Arthur    Jun 25, 2015
First Ride: Mondraker Dune Carbon First Ride: Mondraker Dune Carbon
Mondraker's 160mm travel Dune gets the carbon treatment, and we head to Leogang, Austria, to ride the new bike.
Mike Kazimer    May 15, 2015
First Ride: 2016 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR First Ride: 2016 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR
Specialized unveils a host of changes for the Stumpjumper FSR, including a 27.5+ option.
Paul Aston    May 8, 2015
First Ride: Bold Linkin Trail First Ride: Bold Linkin Trail
We head to Switzerland to get an exclusive first ride on the bike with a hidden shock.
Mike Kazimer    May 5, 2015
First Ride: Shimano Deore XT M8000 First Ride: Shimano Deore XT M8000
We get aquainted with Shimano's latest 11 speed drivetrain.
Mike Kazimer    Mar 16, 2015
First Ride: 2015 Norco Aurum Carbon First Ride: 2015 Norco Aurum Carbon
The Aurum gets a carbon frame and bigger wheels for 2015.
flag Lewis Bradley    Feb 11, 2015
Video: David Moulson's Early Season Training Video: David Moulson's Early Season Training
The trails around Swansea look ideal for the winter training season.
Paul Aston    Nov 27, 2014
Mondraker Summum Carbon - First Ride Mondraker Summum Carbon - First Ride
We fly to Spain to ride Danny Hart's new DH bike, the Mondraker Summum Carbon.
Mike Kazimer    Sep 30, 2014
First Ride: Bell Super 2R Helmet First Ride: Bell Super 2R Helmet
Bell's latest design is meant to make it easier to bring a full face helmet along for the ride.
Red Bull Bike    Sep 23, 2014
Video: Rogatkin's First Ride Video: Rogatkin's First Ride
Rogatkin is trading in his BMX and slopestyle bikes for a DH rig and a chance to ride at Red Bull Rampage.
Mike Kazimer    Aug 12, 2014
First Ride: DVO Diamond Fork Prototype First Ride: DVO Diamond Fork Prototype
We ventured out into the Whistler bike park to give DVO's upcoming 160mm fork a try.
Mike Kazimer    Jul 3, 2014
First Ride: Scott's New Gambler and Voltage FR First Ride: Scott's New Gambler and Voltage FR
We travelled to France and Switzerland to spend time with Scott's new downhill machines.
Richard Cunningham    Jun 16, 2014
First Ride: Roval Traverse Fattie Wheels - Super W First Ride: Roval Traverse Fattie Wheels - Super Wide and Super Fast
Another popular wheel brand adopts the newly emerging, 30-millimeter-ID rim standard for trail, all-mountain, and enduro racing wheels.







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